Discrimination Commissioner has commenced an investigation into paid maternity
leave. The investigation comes as the New Zealand Government announced
introduction of 12 weeks paid maternity leave for mothers having babies
from 1 July 2002. The UK has announced that it will extend paid maternity
and adoption leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks, with a further six months
The New Zealand announcement leaves Australia and the United States as the only industrialised nations without a statutory requirement to pay the benefit. The New Zealand Government will pay $325 gross per week, or 100% of the previous wage, whichever is lower. This is approximately 53% of average weekly earnings and the Government is hoping that this will be topped up by employer contributions.
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